Dana claims Rhombus provides trucking customers valuable insights into the condition of tractor and trailer tires that help identify and analyze tire wear trends, predict maintenance issues that can be addressed preemptively to minimize truck downtime and establish optimal timeframes for scheduled replacement.
For larger fleets, it also facilitates the implementation of standardized tire inspection and maintenance practices across terminals.
"Customer centricity is fundamental to everything we do at Dana, and it drives our long-standing commitment to innovation and best-in-industry quality and durability," said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies.
Mr. Wallace said the launch of the Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is the "next step in developing world-class, data-driven solutions and customer experiences that address the top issues in the industries we serve."
Tim Farney, vice president of global sales for Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, added: "Over the lifetime of a truck, tire maintenance is a top spend item and a leading cause of over-the-road truck-down incidents that drive roadside assistance costs and late delivery penalties.
"The Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is a first-to-market, easy-to-use solution that enables truck owners to thoroughly assess the success of their tire management strategies, establish operational excellence for this critical area of maintenance, and utilize big data and 21st-century cloud-based software to predict and optimize tire spend."
Rhombus TireAnalytics is the latest in a series of intelligent solutions from Dana for vehicle owners. At Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in January, Dana announced a comprehensive e-commerce platform that streamlines the identification process of the company's automotive and commercial-vehicle replacement parts portfolio and connects service technicians around the world with Dana's aftermarket parts distributors.
Dana also said it is developing Spicer "Smart Suite" technology for off-highway applications. This platform of fully integrated, connected-vehicle features converts operating data from the drivetrain into actionable insights for enhancing productivity, improving operator and machine safety, reducing maintenance costs, and decreasing total operating costs.
Maumee, Ohio-based Dana is active in engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery.